Mark Hubbard Heads To NCAA Men's Golf Regional

Indianapolis, Ind.-----San Jose State University sophomore Mark Hubbard is one of 75 players invited to compete in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Golf San Francisco Regional Championships, May 14-16, at the Lake Merced Golf Club.

    The 2009 first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection is one of 10 individual entries to go along with 13 teams taking the first step to the NCAA Championships, May 26-30, at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio.

    All 75 players in the San Francisco Regional are competing for the individual championship on the par 72, 6,863-yard Lake Merced Golf Club course. The top five teams and the highest finishing individual not affiliated with those teams advance to the NCAA Championship.

    “It’s awesome. I’m definitely super excited. It’s bittersweet. I wish I had the team going with me,” said Hubbard, who hails from Denver, Colo.

    In the 2008-09 regular season, Hubbard led the Spartans with a 72.50 stroke average for 32 rounds of play. A top-10 finisher in four of the team’s 11 tournaments, he cites his opening round 66 at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational as the turning point in his season.

    “It was the first time I saw how good I was. After the front nine, I was one over and shot a 29 on the back nine. The round showed what it’s like not about not giving up,” he said about his low 18-hole score as the major college level. “That kick-started my season and I felt like I could play with anyone.

    Hubbard points to the improvement and consistency of his short game as keys to lengthening his season.

    “I putted really well this year. It was my total short game, my chipping and my wedges, being more consistent, lowered my stroke average,” Hubbard stated.

    “Mark worked very hard and put in a tremendous amount of work to earn this opportunity. He has an incessant curiosity to get better. Mark has been an avid student of the game working with (assistant coach) Chris Stout and me. He’s taken the time to work out the questions, particularly with Chris, and develop the personal strategies to be successful.”

    Hubbard will tee off iat 10:20 a.m. from hole #1 on May 14 and in the first wave (8:30 9:10 a.m.) off of hole #10 on May 15 and 16.

    Live scoring will be available on www.golfstat.com.